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World Book Night 2012 Books.

The 25 titles that will be given out on World Book Night 2012 (23rd April) were announced on Monday. It’s a great looking list:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Take by Martina Cole
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery by Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

The ones in bold are the ones I’ve read, italics are sitting on my shelves waiting for me to read them, and underlined were already on my wishlist.

I’m trying to work out at the moment whether I can apply to be a bookgiver this year as I had to miss out last year. If I can I think I’m going to have to think long and hard about which of the brilliant books I want to apply to give. If you want to apply to be a giver then visit

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Why not give a book?

I’ve just been introduced to We Give Books on Twitter by Keris and couldn’t resist writing a quick post about it.

From the site:
We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

It really is that simple. There are currently 150 books to choose from with lots of picture books and some pretty interesting looking non fiction titles too – they’re all pretty quick reads and it’s a great chance to read something a little bit different. So far I’ve enjoyed Why Lion Roars and Many Marvellous Monsters and I think I’ll be taking the opportunity to finally read a couple of classics like Madeline and The Little Engine That Could.

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Introducing… Loveswept.

Not a lot of people know this (until now at least) but if I was asked what my reading guilty pleasure was I would have to say it’s classic romance. There are times when all I want to do is curl up with a good old love story, especially one with a cowboy or two. I blame it on the summer I spent as a teenager devouring the box of Lucy Walker books my mom had saved from her teenage years. I was therefore very interested when I received an email from Kate at Transworld about Loveswept.

Transworld Publishers are relaunching romance imprint Loveswept today as an eBook only line. It’s a collaboration with Ballantine Bantam Dell in the USA and will be publishing titles by established authors as well as new voices.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s Loveswept was the imprint that gave many authors their break including Janet Evanovich, Tami Hoag and Iris Johansen. I wonder which of the new voices that are published by the new imprint will go on to have such successful careers?

The line is launching with eight titles, with further titles planned for Autumn 2011. On the website at the moment there is a preview of “Tall, Dark and Lonesome” – I’ve had a little look and it sounds like my kind of read. I think I’ll be reading at least that one, and probably a couple more from this first batch of books.

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More from Fiction Express.

Last Friday saw the final chapters of the first four Fiction Express books going live. It also saw the first chapter of their new book being published – Rémy Brunel and the Ocean of Light by Sharon Gosling.

No-one performs on the circus trapeze like sixteen-year-old Rémy Brunel. But when the circus closes for the night, Rémy leads another life, as a cat burglar and jewel thief. Forced by the evil circus owner Gustave to attempt the theft of one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, Rémy thinks it will be just another heist, but when she meets determined young detective Thaddeus Rec, her life changes forever. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel from Rémy’s nimble fingers? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

The first chapter introduces Rémy and the circus that she is part of. I found that within the first couple of paragraphs I could picture the scene really well, the author writes in a wonderfully descriptive manner. There is an incident which introduces a mystery man, I found him intriguing and was glad to discover that we get to know him later in the chapter as Thaddeus, a detective with an interest in new-fangled gadgets and technology. Rémy is a jewel thief as well as being a circus star, we discover that she is being sent to steal the Darya-ye Noor, a large and beautiful diamond that came from the same mine as the Koh-i-Noor. The set up for the book is very exciting, we have Rémy trying to steal the diamond and Thaddeus trying to protect it, I’m sure their paths are going to cross and there will be plenty of action to come.

The chapter is live now on the website and the vote for this first chapter is open until 25th July so there’s plenty of time to get over there and start reading and voting!

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Curiouser and curiouser.

I’ve been getting some intriguing post over the last few weeks. First came these:

Three samplers containing the first 40 pages of S J Watson‘s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep. They were tantalising enough but then today this arrived:

The two keys look like they might work on a padlock maybe… but where is the padlock? If I wasn’t intrigued about the book before I certainly am now!

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Book News: Fiction Express.

On Friday something really exciting is happening in the book world, a new venture called Fiction Express is launching. It sounds like a great idea – aimed at tweens and teens (though I’m sure there will be many adult fans) the project is serialising books by four different authors.

Each Friday a new chapter for each book will be available to download, the fun part comes from how these chapters are written. Once the chapters go live readers have until the following Monday morning to vote for what they think should happen next, the author will then write the new chapter based on what wins the vote. This means that the readers of the books really do have a say in what happens to the characters – who wouldn’t love that opportunity?!

The four books being serialised are:

  • Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja (Split by a Kiss and Extreme Kissing)
  • The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross (Timewarp Trials and What if the Bomb Goes Off?)
  • Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf (The Chronosphere)
  • The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton

This Friday, 6th May, the website will go live and the first chapter of each book will be available to download for free. The rest of the chapters, will cost from as little as 59p (it works on a credits system – the more credits you buy the cheaper they are). I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneaky look at the four opening chapters, I will be reviewing Diary of a Mall Girl and Soul Shadows here tomorrow and then The Soterion Mission and The Last Symbol on Thursday.

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Concord Free Press.

Over Christmas I read an intriguing post at Me And My Big Mouth about a publishing company that gives away its books for free and decided I had to check it out.

American based Concord Free Press currently publishes two books a year. There are a number of book stores in America that give these books away but if you can’t get to one you can request a book via the website and they’ll then post it out to you. There are only two provisos to this, they ask that in return for receiving the book you make a voluntary donation to a charity or a person locally in need, and that once you’ve finished the book you pass it on to someone else.

I loved the sound of this, and so I requested a copy of their current book Rut by Scott Phillips. Within a couple of weeks of me requesting it the book arrived and it’s at the top of my to read pile so I’ll be reviewing it later this week.